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Friday, Jan. 14, 2011

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New dimension: Kazuhiro Goshima's "Stereo Shadow" from 2008 is one of the works on display at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. ©KAZUHIRO GOSHIMA


Tokyo photography museum takes a look into the future

Staff writer

The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography has entered a new dimension. The museum's special exhibition this year concentrates on 3-D photography.

"3-D Visions / Look into history and future expression" began showing in December and runs until Feb. 13. It is a good time for such an exhibition, as right now there is a lot of buzz surrounding 3-D films and televisions and it looks likely that that the buzz will continue to increase in 2011.

The exhibition is largely divided into three themes, starting from the "invention" of the 3-D image, as seen in the Negretti and Zambra firm's 3-D photograph of London's Crystal Palace.

This section also features modern Japanese artists such as Takahiro Tsushima, who fused contemporary computer-graphics technology and early stereoscopes in his 2006 work "Allegory of Media Art" using images of Johannes Vermeer's masterpiece "Allegory of Painting."

The second theme introduces the "mechanism," or basically the tools of the trade and feature interactive 3-D works such as "Stereo Shadow" by Kazuhiro Goshima, who is internationally known for his computer-graphic animation.

The final theme is titled "possibilities," and delves into the potential uses of 3-D images in the future. This section features video projections by Masaki Fujihata that show the latest attempt at image recording using panoramic lenses and even global-positioning systems.

Quest for Vision vol. 3: 3-D Visions / Look into history and future expression at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography runs till Feb. 13 (closed Mondays). Admission is ¥500. For more details call (03) 5420-3080 or visit syabi.com/e/contents/index.html.

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